Gemalto has been selected as sole supplier of the digital security technology to be used in electronic passports for Ivorian citizens. Under the 5-year contract, Gemalto will supply system integrator Zetes with its Sealys eTravel Inlays, the secure devices embedding its secure electronic passport software technology.
More than one million passports are currently in use in Cote d’Ivoire and the government intends to roll out the first electronic passports in June 2008 with a view to renewing all of them by end 2009. The Ivorian authorities plan to incorporate the electronic capability in all new travel documents. Gemalto was formed in June 2006 by the combination of Axalto and Gemplus.